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Thanks, Jerry, But This ‘Constitutional Crisis’ Started A Long Time Ago

Who's really cynical, mean-spirited and irresponsible here?

Who's really cynical, mean-spirited and irresponsible here?
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6 comments on “Thanks, Jerry, But This ‘Constitutional Crisis’ Started A Long Time Ago

  1. Loki says:

    Good post, have been thinking much the same the last few days: that for all the purported “checks and balances” wisdom of the Constitution’s authors, this balance is relatively easy to disable, provided a truly nefarious idiot gains executive power, and sufficient corruption exists in the congressional chambers, the whole grand edifice comes crashing down. And all this in less than 4 years. Reform will come eventually, but by that time too much damage will have been done.

  2. mfn says:

    McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, Thune, Barasso, Collins, Murkowski, Ryan, McCarthy, Scalise, Nunes, Meadows, Jordan — the list of GOP quislings and traitors is long and will live in infamy.

    • Harvey Cotton says:

      I don’t begrudge the Republicans one bit in this. You get what it says on the tin. They will fight for tax cuts, deregulation, crony capitalism, a ridiculous military, and as close to The Handmaid’s Tale as they can get away with. Republicans will color outside of the lines, undermine democratic and independent institutions, the law, media, universities, science, whatever it takes to win. Trump has made the Supreme Court and the Senate his own Privy Councils, and the Fed and Justice Department organs of the White House. This is the culmination of a decades-long effort, none of which is surprising, and none of which Republican voters care one whit about.

      Congress is, by far, the most powerful institution in the Constitution. Over centuries, by deferring to regulatory agencies and the judicial branch to do the hard work of writing law, with lax oversight if the Executive is a member of the same Party as the majority, with deference to the President in defense, foreign policy, and security matters, Congress has abrogated its duty, and now a game-show host with a 90 I.Q. can walk through the door and turn the key to autocracy. BUT, if you think we have an over-powerful President, imagine what the Republicans would do to a Democratic Administration with 47 Senators and the House.

      The two people I blame the most are Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, who have been played over and over and over again by Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans. They have so constantly and consistently surrendered leverage and power that it makes one think they are paid to lose.

  3. monkfelonious says:

    “If the answer is “nothing”, it means that the whole concept of checks and balances was nothing more than a facade.”

    What! What, you mean no frog march?

  4. PaulMiller says:

    Let’s take the “30,000” foot view of increasing Presidential authority, and celebrated “strong man” executives. Here’s my list of scoundrels, who were widely criticized by those with opposing views, as power-usurping despots, who were ruining our democracy:
    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    3. Lyndon Johnson
    4. Richard Nixon
    5. Ronald Reagan
    6. Barrack Obama (yes, check out the daily diatribes from Drudge Report)

    We will survive the current jerk.

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